Medal, Military 1939-1945 Star; Unknown manufacturer; 1945; WY.1995.12.3


Medal, Military 1939-1945 Star

About this object

This 1939-1945 Star was awarded to Private Thomas Templeton. Before going to war Thomas was a farm worker. He worked for the Wyndham Town Board as a day man, keeping the streets clean and tidy and he also prepared graves for interment.

About the 1939-1945 Star:

The 1939-1945 Star is the first in a series of eight campaign stars instituted in 1945 to recognise service in the Second World War.

This bronze six-pointed star has a circular centre with the GRI/VI monogram, surmounted by the Royal crown, and inscribed 'The 1939-1945 Star'. It was usually awarded for six months (180 days) service in specified operational areas.

Service of one day or more in specified battles or invasions qualified for the special award of the 1939-1945 Star. For example, in Greece and Crete between 10 March 1941 and 31 May 1941, or in Guadalcanal (Allied invasion) between 7 August 1942 and 9 February 1943.

The 1939-1945 Star was issued unengraved to New Zealand service persons, as were other Second World War campaign medals awarded for service for New Zealand. The same no engraving policy was applied by other British Commonwealth countries, except for Australia and South Africa.

About the ribbon:

The ribbon has three equal vertical stripes of dark blue, red and light blue. The dark blue stripe symbolises the service of the Navy and the Merchant Navy, the red stripe symbolises the service of the Army, and the light blue stripe symbolises the service of the Air Force.


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Europe, United Kingdom, England, London

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inorganic, processed material, metal, silver alloy
inorganic, processed material, metal, copper alloy
organic, processed material, animal, animal product, silk
organic, processed material,vegetal, fibre, cotton


h 110 mm x w 40 mm

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Military - World War Two

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